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April 01 2019 By dvirtue Ideas can be exchanged without speakers being accused of spreading hate

Later, during the quarter century I taught at university, with a nod to him over my shoulder, I ran an open seminar called 'Sceptics Anonymous.' It followed the same principle; anything was up for discussion. We turned ideas upside down and inside out. Sometimes we changed our minds. Just ten years ago, most people thought that was in part what university was for. But in the last few years, things have changed with breath-taking speed.

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March 28 2019 By dvirtue ROCOR Rewrites History to Convert Anglicans

In 2013 an extraordinary session of the Synod of ROCOR removed the heads of their WRV, and passed a decree that Western Rite communities should be assimilated into their mainstream Eastern Liturgical practices. Although this decision has never been officially reversed, ROCOR's WRV under the leadership of it's latest Vicar General, former Anglican clergyman Archpriest Mark Rowe, continues to expand- while employing some very unorthodox methods.

Rewriting History

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March 25 2019 By dvirtue Keep that Same Energy: African Methodists and the Whole Black Testimony

As someone on the conservative side of a similar conservation, which took place about 15 years ago in the Anglican communion, this division between largely white progressive voices in North America and conservative voices in Africa feels familiar. The major difference is that the Methodists eventually allowed African voices to have a full hearing while my own communion has managed, much to our shame, to stifle and distort the voices of black and brown Anglicans.

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March 21 2019 By dvirtue Passive, Aggressive, or Assertive? What does Christian love look like in our verbal interactions?

For Christians dealing with each other and dealing with non-Christians, it must be asked, "Are we supposed to be aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive, or assertive?" I think that the NT says that it depends on the situation. It is not always easy to tell which situation is which.

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March 20 2019 By dvirtue Is Donald Trump God's King Cyrus?

To whom shall we compare President Trump? To the successful Cyrus or to the ruler of ancient Egypt whose narcissistic stubbornness accomplished God's purpose of bringing judgment upon the nation?

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March 18 2019 By dvirtue "I'm Gay, Can I Come To Your Church?" Acceptance Vs. Approval

Pergamum was a center for "Caesar Worship" in that part of the Roman Empire. The Christians there were commended for not bowing to "Caesar as Lord" but only acknowledging "Jesus as Lord" even in the face of martyrdom. However, they were apparently compromised theologically and morally by going along with the culture.

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March 15 2019 By dvirtue A Christian Code of Ethics for Using Social Media

The following is a simple code of ethics (5 Questions) for the follower of Jesus to consider before one clicks the "enter" button. It is intended for the follower of Jesus to remember that even in cyber-space we are witnesses (either for good or for bad) for Jesus Christ modeling a life which is supposed to emulate him.

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March 14 2019 By dvirtue I Was America's First 'Nonbinary' Person. It Was All a Sham

Three years ago, I decided that I was neither male nor female, but nonbinary--and made headlines after an Oregon judge agreed to let me identify as a third sex, not male or female.

Now, I want to live again as the man that I am.

I'm one of the lucky ones. Despite participating in medical transgenderism for six years, my body is still intact. Most people who desist from transgender identities after gender changes can't say the same.

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March 10 2019 By dvirtue The Last Days of Christian America

Al Mohler, who is regarded as a major leader of the "Christian Right" has gone on record saying, "The most basic contours of American culture have been radically altered. The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium has given way to a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural crisis which threatens the very heart of our culture . . . Clearly, there is a new narrative, a post-Christian narrative, that is animating large portions of this society."

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February 27 2019 By dvirtue STORMING LAMBETH: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed

Follow especially discussion at "Juicy Ecumenism," the blog for the Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD). As an historical footnote, the IRD was active at Lambeth 1998 in helping support African bishops to see the issues at stake and to foil the Communion Establishment plan to revise the biblical norm.

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